The I-House Connection: June 2021

June 10, 2021

Dear I-House Alumni and Friends,

Shaun Carver, I-House Executive DirectorWhat a difference a year makes!  In June 2020, the I-House Board of Directors announced the retirement of my predecessor, Dr. Hans Giesecke, and was grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic and the unprecedented, unfortunate, and necessary decision to close International House temporarily for the health and safety of our residents, staff, and the community.  As Roxanne Pifer’s Admissions and Scholarship Update below conveys, we have had tremendous demand from new and returning residents, and are now on track to fill the House in Fall 2021!  Also in this edition of the I-House Connection, our Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL) invites our community to participate in two lifelong learning opportunities:  the Inclusive Global Leaders Certification Program later this month; and the Global Leadership and Innovation Virtual Program in July.  These programs are offering a 10% discount available to I-House Alumni.

I am delighted that we are beginning the process of restaffing, and we welcome your help in spreading the word about our job offerings, such as our next cohort of Resident Assistants, and the leadership positions for our award-winning Dining team highlighted below.  Finally, if you have yet to join our new Global Community platform, I encourage you to accept our invitation.  Thank you for your part in keeping the I-House Dream alive!


Shaun Carver, I-House Executive Director
Shaun R. Carver
Executive Director
International House, UC Berkeley

I-House Admissions & Scholarships Update

Roxanne Pifer, Director of Admissions and Housing Operations

Roxanne PiferThe sun is getting ready to rise on the reopening of I-House!  After much uncertainty, trepidation about safety, and Board guidance to move cautiously by starting with a “singles-only” model for Fall 2021, I am pleased to convey (knock on wood) that we are trending for a full house come Fall (including doubles for undergrads), and we have an extensive and growing waitlist.  Thanks to the I-House Global Community for helping to spread the word.  We are actively engaged in the early arrival process for those new and returning residents who will move in on August 8th and look forward to the main move-in on August 19th.  

We are beginning our next cohort of Resident Assistants recruitment and hiring process! We still have a few open positions and are looking to hire experienced leaders who want to make an impact. Interested candidates should visit the RA page to learn more. 

Thanks to the generosity of numerous donors, we have concluded the selection process for the prestigious Gateway Fellows Program and will be announcing the recipients in July. Our named scholarship program application period has just been completed, and we will be convening our Board Scholarship committee in the weeks to come to screen applications and staff award recommendations.

For any questions or concerns, please email

The Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership

Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL) Presents:

Inclusive Global Leader Certification Program
June 21, 23, 28, and 30

Are you looking for measurable skills and strategies on how to be more inclusive and how to cultivate inclusion and belonging on your team or organization? 

See where you stand and learn what skills you need to develop to lead and work more inclusively by joining our upcoming Inclusive Global Leader Certification Program - June 21, 23, 28 & 30th from 3 - 5 p.m. PDT (UTC-7). In this program you will take and learn about the Inclusive Behaviors Inventory℠, which is a self-assessment, providing you with a baseline of your own inclusive behaviors so you can continue to improve your inclusive leadership practice.

Register HERE to join a live information session on June 17th @ 9am PDT (UTC-7) or view our pre-recorded session HERE

Use discount code IHOUSE for 10% off.
Click HERE to enroll in the Inclusive Global Leader Certification Program.


Global Leadership & Innovation Virtual Program
July 19-30, 2021

In our ever-more interconnected world, effective leaders are in high demand — especially leaders who can drive innovative solutions to complex global challenges in virtual and remote work environments. University students and professionals need training in the skills that will propel them to new heights of leadership and innovation, enabling them to collaborate with diverse people from around the globe and to leverage this diversity as an asset and a competitive edge.

CIL’s  Global Leadership and Innovation (GL&I) Virtual Program answers the call. Grounded in empirical research on what makes successful global leaders and innovators, GL&I delivers key global leadership and innovation skills through a combination of highly interactive virtual learning, project-based simulations, discussions, and reflections.

Program Dates:
July 19-30, 2021

Program Fee:
$749 USD Student Rate
$949 USD Professional Rate

Use discount code ALUM for 10% off the $949 professional rate
Click HERE to apply for the Global Leadership & Innovation Virtual Program

Email with any questions.

CIL Video

Global Leadership & Innovation (GL&I) Virtual Program - July 19-30 2021

Now Hiring!

We are now looking for our next Executive Chef, Sous Chefs, and Dining Manager to serve 19 meals a week to over 500 residents from around the world. If you or someone you know are up for the challenge, visit our Jobs page.
Dining Commons

Stay Connected!

We thank you for staying connected to I-House during our temporary closure. We encourage participation in I-House Berkeley Connect, our online Global Community, where you can:
  • Connect with another member via video chat or direct message;
  • Browse the Alumni Directory and connect with I-House friends;
  • Post or browse job opportunities;
  • Offer mentoring or find a mentor;
  • List your business or passion project in the Business Hub;
  • Read Shaun Carver's Friday posts to stay in the know!
I-House Berkeley Connect New Members June 2021

We appreciate your participation! Please share our community by inviting I-House friends who aren't members yet. If you need some assistance or have any questions, just let us know! 


I-House Alumni Relations, Communications, and Philanthropy Team
(510) 642-4128